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Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Scholarships: Duquesne's founders believed that education should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Endowed scholarships ensure that Duquesne can attract and retain the most talented and motivated students for generations to come.

Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships: These may include stipends for research, honors thesis projects, books and supplies, and other needs. As with scholarships, these resources attract graduate students to Duquesne and support their efforts.

Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series: The School brings leading scientists and scholars to campus throughout the year. Endowed or term funding will help to increase the number of presentations and engage even more renowned speakers.

Carnegie Museums Partnership: Bayer School students receive discounted admissions to Pittsburgh's four Carnegie Museums, expanding their exposure to natural history and the arts. Support is sought to ensure the continuation of this valuable benefit.

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM

Undergraduates from Duquesne and other institutions take part in an intensive 10-week program that provides students with essential research experience early in their academic careers. By assisting with high-profile faculty research, students acquire technical, reasoning and presentation skills. Funding needs that can me met through named endowments include student stipends, travel support for program participants, and lab supplies.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS

NSF-REU Program: The Bayer School is one of a select few institutions designated as a "Research Experience for Undergraduates" site by the National Science Foundation. The Summer program described above draws students from institutions across the country-including many historically black colleges-that do not have comparable research facilities.

Bayer Scholars Program: Through the generosity of the Bayer Foundation, the School identifies promising female and minority students interested in pursuing careers in the material sciences. Bayer funding covers a portion of students' tuition. With more support, this concept has the potential to address the underrepresentation of women and minorities in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. We seek funds to provide additional tuition and academic support to Bayer Scholars and to replicate the model in other fi elds of study.

Summer Educational Experience for Disadvantaged (SEED): Project SEED pairs economically disadvantaged high school students with participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, providing teens with motivation, encouragement and a jump-start on their academic pursuits. Currently funded in part by the American Chemical Society, donor support will ensure the program's continuation and allow for expansion.

Opportunities also exist to support emerging programs in this area.

STEM EDUCATION

Dual-Degree Programs: The U.S. needs 100,000 more K-12 teachers with deeper content knowledge and better pedagogical preparation for teaching science and math. The Bayer School addresses this need in cooperation with Duquesne's School of Education, offering five-year programs in which students earn a bachelor of science in biology, chemistry or physics along with a master's in education. Students in the fifth year of these programs typically lose eligibility for traditional forms of financial aid. New named endowed scholarships can help to fill this gap.

Sci-Inq: While new teachers are needed, instructors currently engaged in science and math education also require professional development to incorporate new pedagogical approaches- especially inquiry-based methods-into their classrooms. The Bayer School and School of Education are piloting a project offering workshops in these areas to local high school teachers.
Funding is needed to continue and expand these programs.

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

Donors may wish to support one of Duquesne's innovative interdisciplinary efforts. Naming opportunities are available.

The Center for Biotechnology enhances innovative development and application of biotechnology through an interdisciplinary, coordinated research effort across the University, contributing to society and the improvement of the quality of life.

The Institute for Computational Sciences fosters interdisciplinary research, provides novel educational experiences for students, and creates joint funding opportunities.

The Center for Metals in Biological Systems explores the natural or medicinal role of metal ions in biological systems. It focuses expertise in metals in natural and synthetic materials on structure-function relationships and the development of new applications.

The Chronic Pain Research Consortium marshals Duquesne's interdisciplinary resources and scholars in a collaborative and focused approach to basic science pain research.

The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers undergraduate degrees and graduate programs in environmental science and management for adult professionals in academic, industrial and regulatory fields. The center participates in international partnerships and supports environmental initiatives throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

FACILITIES

The growth of Duquesne's science programs has exhausted the facilities currently available. Teaching and research labs in Mellon Hall and Fisher Hall have reached capacity. Significant funding is needed for renovation and expansion. Building upon the faculty's success in acquiring larger quantities of more sophisticated lab instrumentation, funding is also needed to support regular maintenance, upgrades and periodic replacement.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The John S. Doctor Memorial Prize for Scientific Leadership: Named for a former professor and chair of Biological Sciences, this award recognizes teaching and research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Honorees are invited to Duquesne to share their insights with fellow scientists, teachers and students. Gifts to the Doctor Endowment will ensure that this prize grows in global status and continues to be awarded in perpetuity.

The Theodore Weismann Memorial Endowment: A longtime adjunct professor of chemistry, Weismann advised the Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society for more than 20 years. His students won national recognition and presented their research at the ACS national convention every year during his tenure. The Weismann Endowment will sustain his legacy by sustaining the student chapter and its convention participation.

Named Discretionary Support Endowments: Discretionary operating funds may be established at specified giving levels. These unrestricted funds allow the Dean to support student conference attendance, seminars and lectureships, lab equipment additions or repairs, and other emerging opportunities to enhance the educational experience of Bayer School students as they arise.